Rent Arrears?

Argyll and Bute Council has received funding to help tenants who have rent arrears as a result of the Covid pandemic.

The aim of the grant is to help prevent homelessness and sustain tenancies by directly reducing, alleviating or paying off rent arrears, where a tenant has faced difficulties due to the pandemic. The period the grant covers is between 23 March 2020 and 9 August 2021.

Any grant awarded to a landlord will be a one-off payment and will only cover a period of less than 12 months.

The attached document provide further advice on why the scheme has been brought in and how applications for assistance can be made.

Tenants and landlords can apply for the Covid 19 Tenant Grant Fund.  Third parties can also apply on behalf of tenants.

TO APPLY contact housingservices@argyll-bute.gov.uk or Tel 01631 572180.

The following will be required:

  • Tenants name, address and email address
  • Landlords name, address and email address
  • Private landlords should provide their landlord registration number
  • How much is owed
  • Dates the arrears accrued with rent statements
  • Proof of a tenancy, for example a copy of the tenancy agreement
  • Information telling us how arrears have been accrued due to the coronavirus pandemic

Once information has been provided contact will be made with all parties and the grant claim will be progressed.

Landlords may also wish to be aware of funding available to improve the energy efficiency of their properties via the Private Rented Sector Landlord Loan Fund which is  funded by the Scottish Government. Further information is available by contacting Home Energy Scotland  who offer free specialist advice about energy efficiency improvements to improve your property. Visit http://bit.ly/PRSLandlords or call 0808 808 2282 to find out more.

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